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What costs are involved in an open sourced project compared to a non open sourced project? [closed]

Often if employing a team to program a project you would need to pay: the programmers, office space, etc. My question: In open source projects is it common for the programmers to be volunteers? Are ...
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Why is the CC sampling+ license incompatible with other CC licenses?

Creative Commons used to publish a license called "Sampling Plus", but according to this page, it was retired/deprecated in 2011 due to inadequate demand and "Not compatible with any other CC license"....
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Do open source projects have better or worse female participation than proprietary projects?

Sometimes the claim is heard open source projects are especially unfriendly to women. Sometimes the claim is heard, that open-source projects are especially inclusive. It probably is impossible to ...
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Awareness of the difference free/libre/open-source software and zero-cost software

Often when talking to friends or family they are unaware that open source is a completely different thing than free-ware. Are there studies about the awareness of open-source being a separate thing ...
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How could I include my business partners / investors in the open source product development?

In my company we are developing a large open source piece of software. To do this we have hired many developers. To pay these developers we have gotten business partners and investors to help cover ...
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What prevents the community converging on a small set of licenses?

By a quick count, wikipedia lists almost fifty different open source / free software licenses. Assuming (and this may not be valid) that many of these licenses were created in the early days of the ...
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Could I charge people to use an open source license?

Suppose I invented a great open source license. I decided I wanted to gain money from it! my question: Is there any way I could charge people for using it? If yes, how? If no, why not, and what ...
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Studies about harassment in the world of open source development?

I was browsing around when I came across this: "Open Source is awful in many ways, and people should be aware of this". This really struck me and surprised me. While I understand that harassment ...
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What are the main steps to convert a currently closed source project into an open source one?

Given the case of a closed source project that has been developed for some time: What are the main things that should be done in order to ease its transition to a open source development? What I've ...
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Can I serve open cola in proprietary glasses?

I've just acquired the Hypothetical Cafe (come and visit, we serve great hypothetical food and drinks), and some fancy posh glasses*. They're so posh that an international designer did a special ...
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How to deal with a very productive contributor who wants to steer the project in a different direction?

I am part of a non-commercial bazaar-style open source project which is developed and maintained entirely by unpaid volunteers. A few months ago a new programmer joined our team who is both skilled ...
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What are the differences between GPL V2 and V3 licenses?

One of the most widely used and most popular free and open source software licences is the General Public License. I want to know in simple terms: what are the differences between GPL Version 2 and ...
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Has there been research about how aware the general public is of open source?

To (most) people in IT, terms like "open source" and "free software" bring up a lot of associations. (For some those association differ wildly between these two terms.) Does the same go for the ...
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Where should I place my Open Source license in my project? [duplicate]

Is there a specific location where I should place my Open Source license in my project?
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What are the best ways to get involved with open source projects? [closed]

I would like to know if someone could explain to me how to go about working on an open source project. I know that you can use git and other types of programs to commit code, but is there some sort of ...
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Using only a part of a collaboratively created work – whom to attribute?

On sites like Stack Overflow and Wikipedia (both use CC BY-SA 3.0), users can collaboratively create/edit a work. If I distribute such a work, I have to attribute all contributing users. But what if ...
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How do Chromium and Chrome relate to each other?

Google Chrome and Chromium look very similar and seem related. How exactly do Google Chrome and Chromium relate to each other, and why are they separate products?
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Does the licence of the database used have an influence on the final licence of the product?

Assume a standard server-side Web application. Database, backend, frontend. It's basic knowledge that one should check the licences of the libraries used before deciding on the license for the final ...
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Can copyright of an open sourced product be passed down through generations? [closed]

Background: From other posts I have learned that copyrights expire some amount of time after the owner's death. But from what I know ownership can be passed on after death. If the owner of a ...
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Are you legally allowed to use abandoned projects?

Background: While looking for open source projects I stumbled across a very interesting one. After further digging I found that it was also abandoned. PERFECT!! I can take over I thought, this led me ...
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Differences between Firefox and Iceweasel

Iceweasel is a fork of Firefox which was made by the Debian project because the license conditions of the Firefox name and logo violate the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Did Debian do any other ...
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Can a license on a open source product expire?

Background: While I know that copyrights on open source products expire. I have never come across anything regarding licenses, this lead me to ask this question: My Question: Can licenses expire? ...
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Who owns the intellectual property?

In many open source projects, there are normally many contributors. Ownership of the code is generally clarified during the process of creating the contributor agreements. However, who owns the ...
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What happens to an open source project when the copyright expires?

With conventional copyright, N years after the author's death the copyright expires (where N varies from country to country). Since free and open source licences are supported legally by copyright law,...
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Can a software license meet one of the FSF's and OSI's definitions without meeting the other?

I know that Free Software (this means the concept of free as in freedom, not software that does not cost anything) and Open Source have two distinct definitions. In practice though, they turn out to ...
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What could be criteria to be accepted as a speaker at OSCON? [closed]

For several years now, I've replied to CFPs from OSCON, submitting different open source topics. Unfortunately, year after year I receive the same boiler-plate reply: The response to our Call for ...
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What is a class path exception?

This is a question that stems out from here: Do I have to release my code as GPL when a Java Library is GPL It seems that the Java System libraries are licensed with a class path exception. After [...
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Can I develop closed source software with opensource development environment? [duplicate]

Would it be possible to develop a software in a open sourced environment. Then one the software is complete change it to a closed source software? If yes, are there any issues with this? If no, why ...
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What's the difference between bazaar-style and cathedral-style open source projects?

I am trying to choose the perfect license for my project.... After doing research I ran into a question which I could not find an answer to: My question: What's the difference between bazaar-style ...
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How to deal with support of open source solutions in bigger projects?

There are many open source solutions that are supported by an organisation, and that helps a lot when considering trainings and consultants. But when the point is contracts, for a database or an ESB ...
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How can I start an open source project and keep people from taking it and selling it? I want to keep it free, open and never be sold

Background: Suppose I want to licence a project I have been working on for quite some time. The goals for this license are: Open Source Free to use Never to be sold Question: What license would ...
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Does a seeming lack of strong protection for IP discourage innovation?

The Patent system works on the premise that the community benefits from the information shared, and rewards the innovators by granting them a period to capitalize on it without others grabbing a free ...
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Can I “Override” a licensing policy?

On many sites, especially Stack Overflow, I can't help but notice such amazing code snippets. However, they come with a "catch" designed by the author. With user contributions being licensed with the ...
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Should I use a permissive license if I might charge for my product later?

Background Suppose I am working on a piece of open sourced software. Suppose I am unsure whether or not I want to sell it in future versions. My question: Would using a permissive license make it ...
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What can I do if there is no CC ported license in my country?

Background: Suppose I am developing an open source project. I am at the stage where I need to license my software. After doing research I find out that I live in a place where there is no ported CC ...
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Does being open sourced mean others can use my logo?

Suppose I have created an open source application I have also created a snazzy logo to go with the application (for example, the Eclipse logo) I released my application's source code under a ...
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In a Wikipedia article am I able to insert information licensed with CC BY even though they use a CC BY-SA license?

Background: While writing an article on Wikipedia I needed to include text that is licensed under a CC-BY license. After a bit of digging I found that Wikipedia uses a CC BY-SA license. Question: ...
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What is the difference between a ported and non-ported licenses?

What I know: From what I have read ported licenses are for specific locations while non-ported licenses have been customized to work in as many places as possible. Question: Even though I license ...
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Does a license apply to both the design AND the physical object (if it is made)?

Suppose I have a design for a truck. Simple enough. Possibly in a .CAD file or some such program. I publish this design on my website under a BY-NC-ND licence. Someone on the web finds my design and ...
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When making a piece of hardware how do I apply a license to it?

When building a digital open sourced project it is very easy to apply the licence. You can do this by putting it anywhere in the product in places such as: The bottom of a blog post In the code ...
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When building an open sourced hardware project what documentation do I need?

From previous experience I know that when making an open source piece of software you often have documentation that moves with the file. Some of these files include: Readme License Changes While ...
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When to use a ported (instead of an international) CC 3.0 license?

If I want to license my work under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, I could use: the international/unported version the version ported for my jurisdiction (For example, in case of CC BY-SA 3.0: CC BY-...
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What is the benefit to using open source alternatives?

When downloading software I often see open source alternatives. Many of these look quite similar but never quite the same. I continue to buy the paid version. Recently, I started to wonder if the open ...
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What financial impact does opening up a book have?

Say you're a writer and you've wrote a lot of books. You release them all for no cost as download on your website (and some shops), but you also sell printed copies. You keep copyrights, but everyone ...
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Will open source licenses enable me to choose the businesses model I want?

While I know that some (most) copyleft focused businesses often don't get the opportunity to choose the business model that they want. For my business I want to be able to choose exactly what ...
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Someone is violating the copyleft license, they are refusing to give me the source code even though they are required to!

This person has a piece of open source code which is released under a copyleft license. They are required to give me this code, but numerous times they have refused. I am stuck because I need this ...
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What are “contributor agreements”? Are they similar to open source licenses?

If I release my software under certain Contributor Agreements, can I give the software the same effect as if I released it under an Open source license? My business partner and I are unsure which to ...
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How does Linux use Open Source to its advantage?

While most operating systems have a closed source nature, from the beginning Linux / Ubuntu has remain open sourced. This has allowed it to become quite popular. My question: How has it used open ...
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The Stack Exchange licence: Can I post open source code here?

Stack Exchange applies CC-BY-SA to all posts. How does this interact with free or open source licences? If someone wants to ask a question about a piece of open source software can they post code ...
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What are the advantages of making an open source project free?

I was trying to get a program when I found out that you had to pay for it. After some time I noticed that it was also open sourced. This confused me! After a bit more digging I found that I could ...

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